The peplum was first featured by Dior in the 1950s the trend was worn by some of the famous actresses of that time. Back to 2012 and peplums have come around full circle and are back in the shops. Peplums are bang on trend right now and can be found not only in dresses but peplum skirts, peplum tops and peplum jackets are also making an appearance.
The actual word 'peplum' originates in the Greek word for 'tunic' and refers to a short overskirt that is usually attached to a fitted jacket, blouse or dress.
The peplum fashion has taken off so much mainly because the peplum creates such a slimming silhouette and is very flattering both for the curvy and the more slender lady. The overskirt of the peplum covers any unwanted lumps and bumps and balances out the shoulders creating the look of a slimmer waistline.
Tops, skirts, dresses and jackets have undergone a peplum makeover and it looks like this trend will be sticking around for the foreseeable future.
The peplum dress has really come into the forefront of fashion over the last year. Celebrities such as curvy Kelly Brooke and Kim Kardashian can be seen wearing the latest peplum dress trend. With many high street shops from younger retailers such as Quiz and Miss Selfridge to more mature retailers such as M&S and Debenhams selling the latest peplum dress style. This really proves that the peplum dress is loved by women of all ages and is flattering for most body shapes.
One of the reasons for its popularity is the figure flattering shape the dress creates. The tailored and structured shape of the peplum dress makes it perfect for skimming over the body, nipping in the waist and also accentuating an hourglass figure. The overskirt is also great for hiding an unwanted tummy. The red peplum dress seems to be a particular favourite amongst shoppers. For many people a black peplum dress is the perfect update for the little black dress.
The peplum jacket has really come into its own over the last year. It can be worn with a pencil skirt to create a slim-line sophisticated silhouette or with slim-leg trousers as a perfect on trend addition to your work wardrobe. For a night out the peplum jacket can be the perfect cover up to either a glitzy dress or for all out bar glam, the coloured skinny jean. The peplum jacket can be worn by women of all ages so don't be put off if you're at the mature end of the spectrum, this high fashion trend isn’t just for youngsters. The peplum jacket gives a very elegant 1940's edge to any outfit and would be the perfect versatile purchase to last throughout the season.
If you don't want to go the full force into the peplum dress trend then the peplum skirt is a perfect half way option. A longer length peplum skirt can be teamed with a coloured blouse for bang on trend work chic. Alternatively for night time glam, opt for a shorter length version and team with a shimmery sleeveless top.
One of the most popular of the peplum fashions is the peplum top. Many people worry about what to wear with the peplum top. The key is to keep it simply and usually a thinner fabric with a more fitted shape such as the pencil skirt is an ideal option. Peplum tops are usually available in block colours such as red, white or black, however more recently striped and floral peplum tops have been seen on the catwalk. Most peplum tops are sleeveless however with the more mature audience wearing the trend the demand has increased for long sleeve peplum tops.